Sexual dysfunction and chronic illness: The role of flexibility in coping

Jennifer L. Barsky, Michael A. Friedman, Raymond C. Rosen

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Sexual dysfunction is common among individuals with chronic illnesses and is associated with distress and reduced quality of life. Because of the long-term, often irreversible nature of sexual dysfunction in chronic illness and limitations of pharmacological treatments, there is a need to understand cognitive and behavioral coping processes in this population. We present a model of coping with sexual dysfunction that focuses on the construct of flexibility, including the definition of sexual functioning and its centrality to overall self-concept. We describe how this model can be applied in a comprehensive approach to treating sexual dysfunction in individuals with chronic illnesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-253
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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